Ian Wright: There is no chance of this happening from Tottenham during title run-in
By Alex Stevens
Ian Wright has insisted there is “no chance” of Tottenham collapsing during the end-of-season run-in like they did last season.
The Arsenal legend claimed in the Sun that the Spurs of 2016-17 are a different beast to the one that slumped at the final hurdles 12 months ago.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost two and drew two of their final four matches as their title challenge fell away and they ended up third in the Premier League, behind Arsenal and leaders Leicester.
Wright does not envisage a repeat of that late splutter as he gave his verdict on Spurs’ challenge to long-time leaders Chelsea that now leaves the clubs separated by just four points.
“While everyone else chucked in the towel and handed the crown to the Blues, Spurs have refused to abandon the chase,” Wright wrote in his weekly Sun column.
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“Now they’ve hunted down their rivals’ lead to just four points — and all the momentum is in their favour.
“There is no chance of Spurs collapsing in the run-in like last season because they are tougher and much more motivated.
“I said the other week I fancied them to win their remaining league games and the way they have performed recently has reinforced that belief.
“The Blues looked tired and vulnerable against a pumped-up Manchester United on Sunday and, suddenly, they are not quite so unstoppable.
“Spurs will be a genuine force to be reckoned with for years to come. Everything about them impresses me; the players, manager, their attitude and the fantastic football they produce for their fans.”
Tottenham have accumulated 71 points from 32 league matches this season, while Chelsea have totalled 75 from the same number of fixtures.
Neither side are in league action this coming weekend as they prepare to go head to head in a mouthwatering FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.